PIHMS Info for CA/Teachers

May 15, 2020


Here you will find all the information from the live webinar we hosted especially for Careers Advisors and Teachers, plus a recording of the session.



Questions & Answers


1. Will you organise an online careers experience for students if Covid-19 makes the Career Week impossible this year?

Definitely! We held a virtual Career Week for students that were meant to be coming to our April Career Week so this is something we can do again. We have also talked about putting on 2 x Career Weeks in October if we are unable to go ahead with the July Career Week. We will reassess the situation in the next couple of weeks and will communicate with the schools.


2. How much do the Career Weeks in the holidays cost?

 The cost excluding travel is $199 for North Island guests and $99 for South Island guests.


3. Do students have to pay for their accommodation?

Our accommodation is $310 per week. This includes accommodation twin share, all meals, WiFi, power and campus facilities like use of the gym. Students can get a loan or an allowance from StudyLink which covers a large proportion of the cost.


4. Are there single rooms too?

Single rooms are available but they are subject to availability. Single rooms cost an extra $100 per week.


5. What is the gender split in your students?

On average over the past 5 years, it has been 39% males and 61% females.


6. Are the students all kiwis or are there more overseas students?

It depends on the intake. For our February and April intake about 70% of the cohort are kiwi students. For the July and October intakes it tends to be 50/50 split.


7. What do you look for when conducting interviews with prospective students?

Communication skills, work experience, passion for the industry and motivation.


8. Nice that the quals are 'staircased' with exit points. What is the actual name of the degree? Who is it conferred by - PIHMS itself or an 'umbrella' institution?

Our degree programme is called Bachelor of Applied Tourism and Hospitality Management. It is a PIHMS programme, we wrote it, own it and it is not offered anywhere else. It is NZQA approved.


9. Will things change with the paid industry placement because of Covid-19?

There has been a short term change but there are no plans to change it long term. For the short term, Industry Placement is currently on hold and students will go on Industry Placement once the industry is all back in action which is predicted to be at the end of this year. Students have been able to progress on to the next programme level to continue on with their studies.


10. Have you been hearing from companies who host students for their placements that they are still OK to take students on-board this year? Is it going to be harder to place students from now on due to the pandemic?

Industry Placement is currently on hold for students who were due to go out during this time, students will go on Industry Placement once the industry is all back in action which is predicted to be at the end of this year. Students have been able to progress on to the next programme level to continue on with their studies.


11. Do the students clean the rooms themselves or is it part of a rotation of their learning?

Students in the second year of the degree and L6 diploma, undertake 5 weeks of housekeeping training. During those 5 weeks, they clean the students rooms under the supervision of our housekeeping lecturers. Which is good for the students in the first year of the degree or doing the L5 diploma as they don't have to clean their room or make their bed for the 6 months on campus!


12. In your slideshow, there was a map of NZ with some text saying No 2 - what does that refer to?

Taranaki has been voted the second best place to live in the world by Lonely Planet as its one of the only places in the world where you can surf, skate and ski in the same day :)


13. I imagine parents will be fairly skeptical about their sons and daughters entering the tourism / hotel industry in the current do you suggest we counter that view.....or is it valid in this climate?

At the moment it is definitely challenging and so understandably there will be concerns. Please feel free to pass on this recording to show to parents. Hopefully the information and the advice that has been given will reassure them that it is still a viable pathway for their children. Students who start our degree programme next year, will graduate in 2024 - the tourism industry by then will look very different to how it looks now.


14. Is there a security person 24 hours?

We have a Student Accommodation Manager onsite 24/7 plus we have a Student Support Coordinator on site during business hours but also available to students 24/7. In addition, we use a security company who are contracted to be onsite from 9.00pm-6.00am Thurs, Friday and Saturday.


15. Do you have any site visits to cultural tourism industries, to understand different cultural views.

Most of our students offsite time is spent on their industry placement, so this takes up most of the time for allocated offsite visits. Every now and again students will take a day trip if it is in relation to maybe a course paper. Last year students went to Whangamomona as part of their Tourism project. Students are able to gain cultural tourism experiences while are on industry placement.


16. I notice Accounting is not on your preferred subject list, yet part of the course. Why is it not?

It is not compulsory to have completed accounting at high school, as the numeracy requirements we have set ensure students have the ability to succeeded in subjects like accounting. Absolutely it would help if you take accounting at high school but its not essential. I believe this is similar to business courses at universities.


17. Could you indicate the cost of full accommodation/meals for years 1 and 2?  Also, the cost in year 3 for the course and not living in?

The cost of full accommodation/meals for years 1 and 2 is $6510 per year ($310 a week). The cost for the final year of degree is $10,690 excluding accommodation. This does include lunch time meals, Monday to Friday. Our course costs are on our website here.


18. What are course costs?

The tuition fees in the first year are $7656, second year are $7740 and third year are $8540. This excludes accommodation and course costs. A full breakdown of fees can be found here on our website.


19. What are the entry requirements for domestic students who study Cambridge rather than NCEA?

For NCEA they need to have successfully completed year 12 (their second to last year of high school), have 80 credits in total which includes 10 credits literacy and 10 credits numeracy. We have no issues accepting students who have completed Cambridge.


20. Really interested in bringing students down for a visit when things return to "normal". Taking them out of their known spaces and zones. Any local marae nearby?

We would love to have you visit when things return to 'normal'. We have a few local maraes - Muru Raupatu Marae, Owae Marae and Kairau Marae.


21. Andrew’s background picture is interesting? Where is this?

Ski resort in Canada called Big White, Andrew used to work there.